Easy healthy oatmeal breakfast bars recipe (gluten free, vegan) made by using a mixture of gluten free rolled oats, dried cranberries, raisins, prunes and baked in the oven for a golden crust. Soft and chewy in texture, these easy healthy oatmeal breakfast bars are full of fibers and nutrients, they're naturally gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free and vegan.
3tbspflax mealoptional, but it will help hold everything together better
1tsp vanilla extract(optional)
Soak The Oats And Dried Fruits
Combine the rolled with 3 times as much water (room temp) with 1 tbs lemon juice for at least 8 hours or overnight. Soak the dried fruits for at least 2 hours with warm water to make them plumper, juicier, and softer even after baking.If you don't have time, soak the oats at least 1 hour before baking. Discard the water.
Mix All Ingredients And Bake
In a medium bowl mix all ingredients and spread on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. I'm using a 3 Quart glass oblong baking dish.
Press down with a spatula to keep everything compact and compressed.
Cook until lightly brown, approximately 1 hour at 330 F. For an extra crispy crust after baking, turn off the oven and let them sit in the oven with the door closed for at least 40 minutes or so.
Allow to cool completely, then cut into bars. For a cleaner cut chill the pan in the fridge before slicing.
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Soaking all ingredients is going to glue everything together without any eggs or other liquids.Don't cut the bars while warm, they will fall apart. Wait until they are cold. For an extra crispy crust after baking, turn off the oven and let them sit in the oven with the door closed for at least 40 minutes or so.This recipe yields somewhat soft baked oatmeal breakfast bars, so if you want them crunchier add some nuts, more sweetener and more oil. Adjust the baking time and temperature accordingly, longer baking will make them crispier.Storage: Once cooled, bars can be kept at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen up to 4 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before serving.